Varagaliar elephant camp in India

Varagaliar elephant camp
First elephant arrived1956
StateTamil Nadu
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Varagaliar elephant camp, located at Topslip, in Pollachi, India, was founded in 1956 and the first elephant arrived in 1956.

Living elephants

At Varagaliar elephant camp lives 6 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)

  1. Chinnathambi
  2. ,
  3. Pari born ~1980
  4. ,
  5. unknown born <2000
  6. ,
  7. unknown
  8. ,
  9. unknown
  10. ,
  11. Urigam born 2009
  12. ,

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Established in 1956, the camp is located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park and was used for elephants previously located at Sungam.

This camp for 21 domesticated elephants used in conflicts between man and elephant in the nearby Valparai Plateau.

Only open after permission from the Deputy Conservator of Forests (Tel: 04259-225356), Pollachi.

2009: At present only one breeding female (Selvi aged about 47 years, calved six times) is available in the camp.

2016-06-23: The tranquilised wild elephant, nicknamed ‘Kattayan’ alias ‘Madukkarai Maharaj’, which died at the elephant camp at Varagliyar near Top Slip on Tuesday, two days after it was captured, had suffered multiple fractures on its forehead and other injuries while trying to free itself from the kraal, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

References for records about Varagaliar elephant camp

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Varagaliar elephant camp, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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